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Stories by Beth Accomando

Podcast 86: ScareLA And Extreme Haunter Russ McKamey

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There are less than three months until Halloween. Spirit stores are already posting signs looking for employees and I am still trying to track down tentacles for my Lovecraft haunt this year. So basically it’s panic mode. Fortunately, I spent this past weekend at ScareLA where my sense of panic was understood by fellow Halloween enthusiasts.

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'Hell Or High Water' Delivers Indie Gold

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The new film "Hell or High Water" (opening Aug. 12 in select San Diego theaters) looks to a pair of Texas brothers on a crime spree. But it’s about a lot more than bank robbers on the run.

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Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice' Looks At Improv Comedy

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The comedian's new film serves up a bit of a history lesson about improv and lays out some rules. It begins a two-week run at Landmark's Ken Cinema on Friday.

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Screwball Classic 'The Lady Eve' Screens At MOPA

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The Preston Sturges classic screwball comedy "The Lady Eve" screens Friday at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Special guest Jamy Ian Swiss will be on hand to offer close-up magic as well as to discuss the art of the con.

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New Nonprofit Group Wants To Revitalize Starlight Bowl In Balboa Park

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The Starlight Bowl was home for more than half a century to San Diego Civic Light Opera, later known as Starlight Musical Theatre. But in 2012 that organization folded and the venue fell into disrepair. Now there's a community initiative to bring back the Starlight Bowl.

Podcast Episode 85: Mike Birbiglia On Comedy, Improv And Trust

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Mike Birbiglia's new film "Don't Think Twice" (expanding to more cities on Aug. 12) looks to an improv group experiencing some growing pains.

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San Diego Opera's 'Listening Tour' Asked What Opera Means To People

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San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett has been on a "listening tour" to find out what San Diegans think about opera. Here are the results.

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Fourth Annual America's Finest Film Fest Returns Aug. 6

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The fourth annual America’s Finest Film Fest will showcase 20 short films made in San Diego about San Diego. The one-day festival also showcases handmade goods, food and drink.

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San Diego Opera's David Bennett Enters Second Year As General Director

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San Diego Opera has survived some tumultuous times but as David Bennett enters his second year as general director the future of opera in San Diego looks strong.

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‘Can We Take A Joke?’ Looks To A Comedian’s Right To Offend

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Could comedians be at the forefront of a battle against a new assault on free speech? A documentary focuses on comedians and the “outrage mobs” that attempt to control their speech.

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Roger Corman's 'Wasp Woman' Screens With Live Science Commentary

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This summer, Balboa Park comes alive after five with extended hours at participating museums, including theNAT. On Friday, curator of entomology and pop culture fanatic Dr. Michael Wall will screen Roger Corman's 1959 B-movie "Wasp Woman" and provide commentary.

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Sob, Sob, Another Comic-Con Come And Gone

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Comic-Con 2016 wrapped Sunday night. During the four-day celebration of all things pop culture, there were hundreds of hours of programming, a film festival and the handing out of the Eisner Awards. Now it's back to the daily grind.

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A Pair Of Geeky Fringe Festival Musicals Get Restaged During Comic-Con

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A long time ago in a galaxy known as MGM, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland used to rally a ragtag crew of neighborhood kids to put on a show. That spirit also fuels a youthful theater company called Turning Tydes, which serves up a pair of geeky, do-it-yourself musical mash-ups that will run during Comic-Con.

Podcast Episode 84: Turning Tydes Serves Up Geeky Musical Mash-Ups

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If Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland were geeks, they would be putting on a "Hobbits" version of "Les Mis" or a "Star Wars" take on "The Phantom of the Opera." That's what Turning Tydes is doing at Comic-Con.

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'The Infiltrator' Serves Up Solid Real Life Procedural Thriller

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If you want to support women in film this weekend don't see the all-female "Ghostbusters" that just regurgitates an old all-male film but with women and instead see “The Infiltrator,” featuring a male lead in Bryan Cranston but scripted by a woman, Ellen Sue Brown, and serving up female roles that go beyond stereotypes.

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Comic-Con Celebrates 47 Years In San Diego

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The first Comic-Con, held in the basement of the U.S. Grant Hotel, drew about 300 people. Now it has almost 500,000 square feet of exhibit space and attracts more than 130,000 attendees.

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Cinema Junkie’s Top 10 Baseball Movies

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As San Diego gets ready to host the All-Star Game on Tuesday, KPBS film critic Beth Accomando — aka the "Cinema Junkie" — gives us 10 baseball movies worth watching.

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Summer Movies: When Nothing New Looks Good, Return To A Classic

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Looking for other options in this season of sequels and remakes no one asked for? Classics by Alfred Hitchcock and Errol Flynn are coming to a big screen near you.

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'Attack the Block' Serves Up John Boyega's Film Debut

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"Attack the Block" (screening Saturday at midnight at Landmark's Ken Cinema) is getting a second lease on theatrical life thanks to the fact that its teenage star John Boyega just catapulted to stardom last year with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Podcast Episode 83: Celebrating 'The Adventures Of Robin Hood'

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Olivia de Havilland, the loveliest of all Maid Marians, turns 100 years old this month and that's reason enough to screen "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and celebrate this 1938 Technicolor classic.

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San Diego International Fringe Wraps Up With Awards Show

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This year’s San Diego Fringe boasted more than a hundred artists from 10 different countries and the diversity of their work was reflected in the awards handed out Sunday night.

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'Swiss Army Man' Makes The Absurd Sweetly Endearing

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The movie “Swiss Army Man” (opening in select San Diego area theaters on July 1) provoked walkouts when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Those people missed out on one of the year's most highly original films.

Podcast Episode 82: Paying Homage To Josephine Baker

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Since she was 17 years old, Tymisha Harris has idolized legendary dancer, singer and activist Josephine Baker. Now she pays tribute to the first international black superstar in a one-woman show called "Josephine" at the San Diego International Fringe Festival.

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Old Globe's 'Macbeth' Is Bloody, Bold, Resolute

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The Shakespearean tragedy might not have existed if it weren't for the First Folio. So it's fitting that the Old Globe is offering a bold new production of "Macbeth" while a copy of the book is in San Diego during its national tour.

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'The Neon Demon' Serves Up A Cinematic Seduction

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The film, which opens June 24 at select San Diego area theaters, was booed at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. That puts it in good company with “Taxi Driver” and “Pulp Fiction.”

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New Exhibit Traces The History Of Political Cartoons

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“Party Lines: The History, Art and Politics of Editorial Cartoons” opens Thursday at San Diego State University's downtown gallery. It features more than 120 political cartoons, including works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Survival Guide To San Diego International Fringe

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San Diego International Fringe Festival serves up 11 days of what it calls “eyeball bursting shows” Thursday night through July 3.

Podcast Episode 81: Hail To The King, Bruce Campbell

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June 22 is Bruce Campbell's birthday. That's cause for celebration and I am calling this podcast Hail to the King, Bruce Campbell in his honor.

Fringe Festival Brings 'Eyeball Bursting' Shows To San Diego

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The San Diego International Fringe Festival returns to San Diego for the fourth year with 11 days of theater performances beginning June 23.

Podcast Episode 80: 'Macbeth' And The Curse Of The Scottish Play

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With the first folio in San Diego this month, Cinema Junkie returns to the Bard for an episode all about "Macbeth."

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The 'Genius' Of Editor Max Perkins

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While most people know names like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, they might not know Max Perkins. The film "Genius" (opening June 17 in select San Diego theaters) sets out to remedy that.

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Documentary 'De Palma' Lets The Bad Boy Of The American New Wave Have His Say

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Filmmaker Brian De Palma rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s with “Carrie,” “Scarface” and “The Untouchables.” A new documentary that sets him in front of the camera opens June 17 at Landmark's Ken Cinema.

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The Film's The Thing With The First Folio Film Series

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D.J. Hopkins of San Diego State’s School of Theatre, Television and Film has curated a First Folio film series at the downtown library, and it offers a diverse range of Shakespeare film adaptations.

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Irish Filmmaker Looks To Drag Queens In Cuba For 'Viva'

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"Viva" had its San Diego premiere at the San Diego Latino Film Festival this past March. Now it returns for a week-long engagement at the Digital Gym Cinema.

Podcast Episode 79: 'Last Dance In Kaloleni' Will Show Kenya In New Light

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When you think of Africa on film, what comes to mind? Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in "Out of Africa"? Leonardo DiCaprio in "Blood Diamond"? If so, then here's a fresh take on Africa from a first-time filmmaker from Kenya.

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Bodhi Tree Concert Presents 'Brundibar,' A Children's Opera With A Devastating History

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Bodhi Tree Concerts is a nonprofit organization that performs “random acts of kindness” through music and art. It will be presenting "Brundibar," a charming children’s opera with a devastating history Saturday.

'Bigoted Messages' Found In SDSU Campus Restroom

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SDSU President Elliot Hirshman sent out an email Tuesday morning in response to "hateful and bigoted messages" found in an Adams Humanities building restroom.

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'Weiner' Documentary Chronicles A Campaign Meltdown

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The documentary 'Weiner' opened in San Diego theaters over the weekend (Landmark Hillcrest and Arclight La Jolla) and it chronicles the mayoral campaign of Anthony Weiner.

Podcast Episode 78: Dark Gem 'Downriver' Screens At FilmOut

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FilmOut, San Diego’ LGBT film festival, kicks off its 18th year Friday and will showcase some 40 films in three days. Cinema Junkie highlights one dark gem, “Downriver.”

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USCD's Art Gallery Remains Open (For Now)

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UC San Diego’s 50-year-old University Art Gallery was scheduled to permanently close Thursday night. But protests have prompted a campus notice stating the chancellor has "removed the UAG from consideration for redevelopment at this time."

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FilmOut, San Diego's LGBT Film Festival, Kicks Off Friday

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FilmOut had nearly 900 film submissions that had to be pared down to a mere three days of programming, beginning June 3.

Podcast Episode 77: The First Folio And Shakespearemania

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The First Folio — the book that gave us Shakespeare — is touring the U.S. so what better time to talk about Shakespeare on film.

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'The Lobster' Is Daring, Bold And Original

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"The Lobster" (opening May 27 in select San Diego theaters) imagines a future where being single is not allowed.

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'Circustantial Evidence: The Crimson Canary' Serves Up A New Noir Circus Whodunit

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Circus is no longer found only under a big top. The Circus Collective of San Diego serves up the circus noir, "Circustantial Evidence: The Crimson Canary," this Memorial Day weekend at the Lyceum Space.

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'Camp David' Play Goes Behind The Scenes Of Historic Peace Negotiations

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The Old Globe stages a new play about the 13 days of intense negotiations that led to the signing of the Camp David Accords.

Podcast Episode 76: Khaled El Nabawy And Egyptian Cinema

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Cinema Junkie travels to Egypt by way of an actor described as the "Egyptian Brad Pitt." In other words, he’s a big star even though most Americans don’t know his name, Khaled El Nabawy.

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King Hu's 'Dragon Inn' Gets Gorgeous 4K Restoration

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The 1967 classic had major influence on the martial arts genre. A stunning restoration showcases Taiwanese cinema in all its glory.

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The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare Comes To San Diego

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Without the First Folio, "Macbeth," "Antony and Cleopatra" and other Shakespearean plays might not exist today.

Podcast Episode 75: San Diego To Broadway

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Cinema Junkie serves up two archive interviews featuring Steve Martin and George Takai, both of whom have musicals currently on Broadway that premiered at the Old Globe Theatre.

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Turkish Horror Film 'Baskin' Takes You To Hell

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Last year the Turkish film "Mustang" garnered an Academy Award nomination. This year the Turkish film "Baskin" (opening May 13 at Digital Gym Cinema) is getting a lot of attention. It’s unlikely to catch Oscar’s eye but it’s winning over midnight movie crowds.